Borussia Dortmund face a tough task as they visit the Stade Louis II for the Champions League Quarterfinal second leg on Wednesday night. The after effects of the horrific bomb blast was there to see as a determined Dortmund take on flying Monaco in the Second leg of the Uefa Champions League Quarter final.
Dortmund will be eying to turn the 3-2 deficit against Monaco to progress to the next round of the champion league. Dortmund will have to turn back their attention to football after the first leg of the quarterfinal was struck by three bomb blasts near the German team’s bus.
The quarterfinal leg one fixture was rescheduled and was played a day after and the German team looked very much disturbed by the bomb blasts which occurred a day before and it was clearly reflected in the result as Dortmund lost 3-2 on their home soil. Dortmund coach Thomas Tuchel came in support of his team as he said his side was ill prepared and were in no condition to play the match so soon after the terrorist attack. Spanish international Marc Bartra was the victim of the bomb blasts as his right arm bone was fractured.
Though Dortmund went through this dreadful event, the players displayed an unbelievable character against the French club in the first leg and also in the Bundesliga where they defeated Eintracht Frankfurt 3-1 at the Signal Iduna Park. Monaco are also coming into the quarterfinal second leg with a win against Dijon in the French league. Having eliminated Manchester City in the previous round on away goals Monaco are pretty confident of defeating the German rivals on the home soil and proceed to the next round of the tournament.
Monaco surely have an upper hand as all five previous teams who have won 3-2 away from home in the first leg of the Champions league knockout round have progressed to the next round. Monaco have won their last four out of five home games against the German opposition and have drawn one in all competition. Monaco have won 70% of their home games in the Champions league winning 21 out of 30 games.
18 years old Kylian Mbappe will be the key player for the French side when they host Borussia Dortmund. Kylian Mbappe is the top scorer in the knockout stage of the champions league scoring four goals in three games. On the other hand, Dortmund have a very poor record to their name when it comes to the knockout stages of the tournament as Die Borussen have lost eight of their last eleven games in the knockout stage of the competition.
The fixture will be the one to watch to see whether the host continue their record of winning against the German opposition or the Signal Iduna Park outfit gather itself to bounce back from the horrific memories of the bomb blasts.